CHATHAM, MA: Will Coursen-Carr’s first start with the Gatemen came against perhaps the best team in the Cape Cod Baseball League and ended on a short leash.
Coursen-Carr went three innings giving up six earned on 10 hits and the damage was enough to have Wareham fall 8-2 to Chatham on Friday night at Veterans Field.
Three straight singles for Blake Butera (Boston College), Dante Flores (USC), and Connor Joe (San Diego) loaded the bases. Then a wild pitch moved all runners up a base, but Butera scored. Then the batter at the time, J.D. Davis (Cal State Fullerton), hit a sacrifice fly to center that scores Flores, giving the Anglers a 2-0 lead.
The second inning went smoothly, looking like Coursen-Carr may have found his command. He put the Anglers down 1-2-3, but the third inning was the breakout inning.
Butera led things off with a double and he moved up to third in a Flores single. Flores entered the game as perhaps the hottest hitter in the league. Butera then scored when Joe reached first on an error by third baseman Willie Schwanke (Arkansas).
With Davis on second and Joe on third, Sheehan Planas-Arteaga (Barry) singled, scoring Flores but on a wide turn at first after the single, Planas-Arteaga was thrown out by shortstop Ethan Gross (Memphis) and the tag by Trevor Podratz (Hawaii). This made the score 4-0 Chatham.
It only got worse.
Joe scored and Davis advanced to third when Michael Russell (UNC) singled to center to plate Joe, making it 5-0 Anglers.
Richard Prigatano (Long Beach State) singled and Russell advanced to second but Davis scored, making it 6-0 Anglers. That ended the night for Coursen-Carr, no more damage done.
The Gatemen, however, did touch Chatham starter Lukas Schiraldi (Texas) for two runs in the top of the fourth, making it look like the Gatemen would start some sort of a comeback. With two outs, Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce) reached on an error by the shortstop. Gross then singled, moving Walsh into scoring position at third base.
Adam Toth (Baylor) walked and while he was at the plate, Gross stole second base.
Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) then stepped to the plate and hit a long drive to right center field to score Walsh and Gross, making it 6-2 Anglers.
Chatham tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Mitch Gunsolus (Gonzaga) led off the inning with a single and that immediately pulled pitching coach Terry Thompson from the dugout for a pitching change. He brought in the righty from Auburn Dillon Ortman.
With one out, he hit Flores with a pitch to put runners at first and second. Joe doubled scoring Gunsolus. Flores later scored the second Chatham run of the inning on a Davis sacrifice fly to right field.
Schiraldi went five innings giving up the two runs, none of them earned, walking only one and striking out four. Ortman continues to be stellar in relief for Wareham and while Bradley Roney (Southern Mississippi) continues to help this team out of the bullpen, he pitched three no-hit innings with four strikeouts.
Next game for the Gatemen is Saturday at Spillane Field against Orleans. First pitch against the Firebirds is set for 7:00 p.m.